Yay! iherb.com is now selling my favorite mascara for a discounted $7.76: Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara. After trying a number of “natural” mascaras that didn’t work, or turned out to be not-so-natural, I finally found this one. Smooth and without clumps. Doesn’t melt off after a few hours. Good color. And doesn’t cost $25 a tube (c’mon, seriously?).
I love it.
If you are new to iherb.com, don’t forget to use coupon code RON268 which will give you $5 off. That takes care of your shipping and then some.
Beauty Tip: to avoid looking harsh, choose mascara color one shade darker than your hair color.
- Dark Brunette/Black Hair: choose black (Black Magic in this brand)
- Light Brown/Dark Blond/Red Hair: choose black-brown (Espresso in this brand)
- Light Blond/Strawberry Blond: choose brown (Chocolate Truffle in this brand)
For more drama, add a second coat: that is totally possibly with this silky mascara.
That night (or next morning for me!) your mascara will wash easily off with water and facial cleanser.
OK, so is it important to get “natural” mascara?
It is difficult to assess the toxicity risk for a product “only on our eyelashes,” but mascara is scary close to the mucous membranes of the eyes, and a number of brands of mascara are reported to contain mercury. How much mercury will be absorbed by our bodies? We don’t know; it’s likely different for every individual.
For me, I believe that I do absorb some mascara through my eyes/tear fluid into my nasal cavity (at least I have had “mascara crud” come out on a tissue after blowing my nose the morning after sleeping with mascara). So if using “toxic” mascara, perhaps a habit of washing it off before bed would be indicated. Or just get the good stuff and don’t worry about it.